Herb

Scientific Name

Properties --†† May assist with the following:

Alfalfa leaf

Medicago Sativa

A rich source for minerals and vitamins especially Iron and Vit. K .Allergies, anemia, arthritis, asthma, blood disorders, fatigue, digestion, high cholesterol and diabetes etc.

Anise Seed

Pimpinella anisum

Digestive problems, bloating, wind, bad breath, colic, nausea, coughing, bronchitis, heartburn, period pains, asthma, as expectorant, as antispasmodic.

Basil

Ocimum basilicum Ocimum santum

Detoxifying the body, lowering blood pressure, lowering high blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, easing tension and stress, as anti-spasmodic, as anti-inflammatory.

betony, wood betony Stachys Betonica (Folklore as remedy for all head maladies.)Hysteria, palpitations, pain in the head and face, neuralgia and all nervous affections, astringent.

Bilberry leaf

Vaccinium Myrtillus

Maintaining the integrity of capillaries,stabilizing collagen, circulation disorders, varicose veins, venous and arterial insufficiency, diabetes, eyesight, hemorrhoids, bruising, diarrhea, night blindness, urinary disorders, kidney and gallstones.

Black Cohosh

Cimicifuga Racemosa

Provide mild estrogen activity, promotes effectual labor contractions, relieves false labor pains, facilitates post-partum recovery, useful for menopause, PMS, hormonal imbalances, stress, nervousness, muscle cramping, lung congestion, inflammatory conditions and hypertension.

Blueberry

Vaccinium Angustifolium

Leaf may be used as a blood purifier, for colic, labor pains and as a tonic after miscarriages.

Burdock Root

Arctium Lappa

Traditionally used as a blood purifier, diuretic, bile secretion stimulation, sweating, gout, liver and kidney ailments, rheumatism, gonorrhea, abscesses, acne, boils, chicken pox, eczema, psoriasis and poison oak/ poison ivy.

Catmint

Nepeta x faassenii

Settling the stomach, soothing hyperactive children, bedwetting, reduce fevers, calming, headaches, rheumatism, arthritis

Catnip leaf

Nepeta Cataria

Gas pains, promoting therapeutic perspiration during fevers, calming the central nervous system, relieving colds and flu, indigestion, dyspepsia, nervousness, restlessness, sleeplessness, nervous headache, persistent crying and menstrual maladies.

Cats Claw

Una de Gato, Uncaria Tomentosa

Promote and enhance immune system function, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-rheumatic activities help arthritis, allergies, candida, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, gastritis, ulcers, cancer, cleansing the intestinal tract, and hormonal imbalances.

Chamomile flower

Matricaria Chamomilla

Natural relaxant that helps soothe the nerves, insomnia, anxiety, skin irritations, arthritis, menstrual cramps, gastrointestinal upset, false labor pains, PMS, flatulence, colic, intestinal ulcers, nervous diarrhea, bedwetting caused by bladder irritation, fevers, colds and flu.

Caraway

Carum carvi

Digestion, anxiety, colic, heartburn, flatulence, bloated stomach, assisting breast milk production.

Cinnamon

Cinnamomum

Digestion, antispasmodic, feeling cold, antibacterial, menopause, kidney tonic, bladder tonic.

Cloves

Eugenia catophyllata

Pain killer, antiseptic, stimulant, analgesic, antispasmodic, eliminating parasites, toothache, acne, muscle spasms, tension, improving memory.

Damiana leaf

Turnera Aphrodisiaca

Primarily used for treating female disorders, sexual stimulant for men & women, infertility, menopause, PMS, hormonal imbalances, prostate disorders, depression, bronchitis, fatigue, nervous debility, anxiety and as a reproductive system tonic.

Dong Quai

Angelica Sinensis

Natural uterine tonic, correcting painful menstruation, hormonal imbalance, post-partum conditions, menopausal symptoms, blood tonic, relaxing the uterus, stimulates uterine contraction and works well with Vit. E to strengthen the reproductive system.

Echinacea

Echinacea Angustofolia, Purpapera, Pallida

Viral & bacterial infections, stimulating the immune system against pathogenic infection, blood cleansing properties, acne, bronchitis, colds & flu, congestion, psoriasis, tonsillitis, wounds, ear infections.

Elder berries

Sambucus Nigra

Using as a diaphoretic to break fevers, urinary complaints, edema, rheumatic complaints, colds & flu symptoms and muscle pain.

Elder flower

Sambucus nigra

Coughs, colds, sore throat, arthritis, hay fever, reducing fever, catarrh, inflammation, ear infections, fever blisters (use with peppermint).

Eucalyptus Leaf

Eucalyptus Globulis

Coughs, colds, flu, croup, pneumonia and asthma.

Fennel

Foeniculum Vulgare

Colic, gas, indigestion, intestinal disorders, nausea, flatulence, lactation booster, morning sickness, sedative, gout, weight loss, fluid and water retention, stomach cramps, heartburn, colic, kidney stones, gargle for sore throat, good for use when breastfeeding, morning sickness, acidity.

Fenugreek

Trigonella Foenum-Graecum

Allergies, bronchitis, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, digestive ailments, emphysema, intestinal gas, headaches, lung infections, mucous congestion and skin eruptions

Feverfew

Tanacetum Parthenium

Anti-inflammatory, arthritis, menstrual pain, migraine headaches, fever reduction, asthma, relaxing the smooth muscles of the uterus, inhibits excessive blood clotting.

Fo-ti root

known in China as he shou wu

 

(Native to China). Combat aging, treat infections and chest pain, and correct erectile dysfunction, rejuvenative tonic, preventing gray hair and other signs of aging, lowering cholesterol and decrease the symptoms of arteriosclerosis, enhancing the immune system and promoting the formation of red blood cells. It is used on an alternating basis with Ginseng.

Ginger

Zingber Officinalis

Gastrointestinal upsets, nausea, motion sickness, colds & flu, indigestion, gas, muscle pains, menstrual pain, colon disorders, hepatic complaints, rheumatic and circulatory complaints.

Ginkgo leaf

Ginkgo Biloba

Nutritional support for mental alertness, enhanced vitality level, circulatory health and blood vessel health. Its high antioxidant activity is valuable for fighting age related conditions

Goldenseal

Hydrastitis Canadenisis

Is known for its antibiotic like actions. Use for inflammation of the mucous membranes and respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, genito-urinary system, poor digestion, fevers, inflammation, hemorrhoids, colds & flu, impetigo, viral & bacterial infections, peptic ulcers, diarrhea and improving all catarrhal conditions.

Gotu Kola

Centella Asiatica

Enhance integrity and vascularization of connective tissue and skin, hastens wound healing, stimulates hair and nail growth, improves elasticity and strengthen blood vessels, nerve tonic, circulatory disorders, arteriosclerosis, depression, schizophrenia, senility, psoriasis, aged related disorders, and fibrocystic disorders, general tonic, anti-rheumatic, anti-arthritic, sedative, vasodilator, energy, virility, thins the blood, boosting brain power, lowering blood sugar levels, skin disorders, rejuvenation, anti-ageing, leprosy, skin cancers, circulation, concentration, strengthening veins, fighting varicose veins, rheumatoid arthritis.

Green tea

Camellia sinensis

Caffeine free Green Tea provides antioxidant activity and may be useful for the treatment or prevention of cancer, for collagen formation, arteriosclerosis, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, gingivitis (periodontal disease), immune response, and infection.

Hibiscus Flower

Hibiscus sabdariffa

Vit. C source, may help your heart in the same way that red wine and tea do, contains antioxidants that help control cholesterol levels and reduce heart disease.

Hops

Humulus Lupulus)

Nervine herb which traditionally used to calm and induce sleep, nervous agitation, restlessness, anxiety, hysteria, alcoholic delirium tremens, nervous stomach and irritable bladder.

Hyssop

Hyssopus Officinalis)

Relieve intestinal gas, stomach aches, loosen phlegm, colds, coughs, asthma, congestion in the lungs, sluggish circulation and weak digestion.

Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

Relaxation, de-stressing, detoxifying, muscle cramps,antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulate blood flow and circulation, wind and bloating.

Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Mild sedative, antibacterial, and antiviral. Use for insomnia, digestive disorders, gas, herpes simplex virus, flu, cold sores, stomach cramps, menstrual cramps, and nervous agitation, indigestion and nausea.

Lemon, lemon peel

Citrus Limonum

Juice - used in diaphoretic and diuretic draughts, for acute rheumatism, counteraction to narcotic poisons, especially opium. Local astringent as gargle for sore throat.
Rind- used as an aromatic addition to tonics.

Lemon Verbena

Lippia citriodora

Lemon-flavored culinary herb. The tea has been known to have a mild sedative effect.

Lemongrass

Cymbopogon citrus

Digestion, muscle relaxant for stomach and intestines, cramping, colic, flatulence, arthritis pain, fighting fevers.

Licorice root

Glycyrrhiza Glabra

Sweet herb.Anti-inflammatory, adrenal insufficiencies or exhaustion, allergies, headaches, Addison disease, colds, soothes coughs, bronchitis, laryngitis, liver protectant, female complaints, stomach inflammation and ulcers, colitis, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, immune weakness and lung problems.

Linden

Tilia europaea

Stress on organs.

Marjoram

Origanum majorana

Antibacterial, antifungal, natural disinfectant, help bruising, flatulence and stomach bloating, bedwetting, coughs, colds, tonsillitis, pleurisy.

Nettle

Urtica Dioca

Strengthen and supports the whole body, chronic inflammations, excessive mucous drainage, ulcerations of the mucous membranes, burning and difficult urination, allergies, hemorrhoids, swollen prostate gland, arthritis, gout, gas, colic, lactation booster, psoriasis and passive bleeding in all parts of the body, profuse menstruation.

Nutmeg

Myristica fragrans

Skin ailments, rheumatism,digestion, heartburn, nausea, muscle spasms, increase appetite, diarrhea.

Olive leaf

Olea Europaea

Both leaves and bark have valuable febrifugal qualities. The leaves are astringent and antiseptic.

Orange flowers

Citrus vulgaris. Citrus Bigaradia.

Mild nervous stimulant

Orange peel

Citrus vulgaris. Citrus Bigaradia.

A syrup and an elixir are used for flavouring, and a wine as a vehicle for medicines.

Parsley

Petroselinum Crispum

Supplies chlorophyll.Bedwetting, bladder infections, blood disorders, diabetes, edema, gallstones, halitosis, jaundice, kidney disease, kidney stones, prostate disorders and water retention.

Passion flower

Passiflora Incarnata)

Eye inflammations, hyperactivity, alcoholism, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, asthma, stress, nerve pain, neuralgia, shingles, and Parkinson's disease.

Pau D'Arco

Tabebuia Impetiginosa

Strong anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties. Use for AIDS, blood disorders, candida, infections, liver disease, prostate disorders, ringworm, cancer, diabetes, herpes, arthritis, and hypoglycemia.

Peppermint leaf

Mentha Piperita

Flavoring and menthol content. Use for colds, bronchitis, diarrhea, gastritis, enteritis, indigestion, nausea, intestinal gas, bloating, griping, colic, colitis, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones, stomach spasms, vomiting and ulcers.

Raspberry leaf

Rubus Idaeus

Soothing properties for after birth pains, bowel disorders, child birth, colds, diarrhea, digestive problems, female complaints, fever, flu, heart disease, lactation, menstrual irregularities, miscarriage, morning sickness, and nausea during pregnancy.

Red Clover

Trifolium Pratense

Sweet herb. Acne, bladder infections, blood cleanser, boils, bronchitis, cancer, leukemia, liver disorders, nervous conditions, psoriasis, skin ailments and tumors.

Rooibos Aspalathus linearis "Red Bush Tea." Rich in flavonoid antioxidants. Anti-inflammatory. anti-allergic, hay fever, asthmas, insomnia and nervous tension, disgestive functions, skin conditions.

Rose Hips

Rosa Rugosa

Diarrhea, enuresis, frequent urination, promotes blood circulation, for stomachs, liver pains, mastitis, dysentery, rheumatic pains, and soothe a restless fetus.

Rosemary Leaf

Rosmarinus Officinalis

Stimulant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, stimulates the flow of bile, antidepressant, circulation, digestive remedy, nervous system balancer, regulates blood pressure, boosts energy levels, boosts feeling of vitality and well-being, flatulence, dyspepsia, headache, muscular pain, sciatica, and neuralgia, astringent for kidney, bladder and colon, general tonic.

Sage

Salvia Officinalis

Inflammations of the mouth and throat, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.

St John's Wort

Hypericum Perforatum

Mild to moderate depression, viral infections, bacterial infections, menstrual cramps, AIDS/ HIV, and wound healing. Increases sun sensitivity.

Sarsaparilla

Smilax Officinalis)

Skin disorders, liver problems, rheumatism, hormone excesses, syphilis, gout, venereal diseases, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Saw Palmetto

Serona Repens

Prevent the development of prostate disease, genitourinary problems, endocrine disorders, infertility, impotence, menstrual disorders, ovarian dysfunction, lactation, thyroid deficiencies, and painful menstrual periods.

Schisandra berry

Schisandra chinensis

Chinese herb.Overcoming coughs, colds and infection, for immune support, stress and fatigue, liver support, control inflammation.

Scullcap (Skullcap)

Scutellaria Laterifolia)

Relaxes nervous tension, induces calm and counteracts sleeplessness, ease premenstrual tension, strengthen the brain, and treat epilepsy, hysteria and seizure. 

Senna

Cassia Angustifolia

Cathartic in the treatment of constipation.

Siberian Ginseng root

Eleutherococcus senticosus

General for stress, fatigue, immune system strength, lowering cholesterol, depression, stamina, protecting cells from radiation, regulating adrenal glands, nervous exhaustion, gastrointestinal motility and improving physical performance.

Spearmint leaf

Mentha Spicata

Stomachaches, diarrhea, nausea, colds, headaches, cramps, fevers, and as a folk cancer remedy.

Stevia

Stevia rebaudiana

From Brazil and Paraguay. A potent sweetener for teas and foods. Medicinally for obesity, hypertension, heartburn, lowering uric acid levels, considered to be hypoglycemic, diuretic and tonic. Leaf is used for diabetes, obesity, cavities, hypertension, fatigue, depression, sweet cravings, and infections. 

Tumeric

Curcuma longa and curcuma domestica

Lowering blood cholesterol levels, anti-coagulant, soothes psoriasis and eczema, arthritic pain and swelling, improves liver functioning, nausea, anti-cancer antioxidant.

Uva Ursi

Artostaphylos Uva Ursi

Kidneys, bladder infections, cystitis, diabetes, nephritis, water retention, liver ailments and chronic diarrhea.

Valerian

Valeriana Officinalis

Insomnia, headaches, hyper excitability, hypertension, heart disease, after birth pains, anxiety, tension, stress, nervous stomach, palpitations, menstrual cramps and muscle spasms.

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

Premenstrual tension (PMS), reducing fevers, helps with wound healing, stops bleeding, regulates menstrual cycle, fights colds and flu, improves venous circulation, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, urinary tract antiseptic, helps general recovery after illness, varicose veins.

Yellow Dock

Rumex Crispus

Blood cleansing lymph glands, liver ailments, psoriasis, anemia, rheumatism, coughs, Iron deficiency.

Yerba Mate Ilex paraguayensis

Mental clarity, digestion, appetite, increased endurance and energy, immune system, allergies, tonic, diuretic.

Yerba Santa

Eriodictyon californicum

Bronchial and laryngeal troubles,chronic pulmonary affections, asthma and hay-fever, as a bitter tonic and a stimulating balsamic expectorant, disguise the unpleasant taste of quinine.


Bibliography and Resource Materials
A Modern Herbal, first published in 1931, by Mrs. M. Grieve
Nicholas Culpeper's Complete Herbal of 1653
Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, 1987
The Complete Book of Herbs by Lesley Brenness, 1988
The Herbal or General History of Plants by John Gerard, 1633

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